3 Jun – Of all the things we've heard Tom Cruise is planning to do (including that whole flying into space with NASA thing), this is definitely among the more ambitious ones.
The Hollywood star is reportedly planning to build a village just so production on "Mission: Impossible 7" can resume.
Not just any village, of course. According to The Sun UK, it will be a village free of the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced film productions to be halted since earlier this year.
The seventh "Mission: Impossible" itself found its filming plan thwarted in late February when its filming location, Italy, recorded an alarming number of cases. But looks like production is set to begin again soon.
Reportedly, the production team is building the COVID-free village on an abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire, which will house several VIP Winnebago trailers for the cast – including Cruise himself – to live in.
Having their own makeshift village enables the cast and crew to film the movie in a safe bubble, while solving accommodation issues since, as the source revealed, "it is tough to get hotel rooms at the moment."
"It will mean some of the world's biggest stars all living together in a posh campsite while working alongside the rest of the team," the unnamed source added.
Regardless of whether the village rumour is true or not, production on the movie is reportedly set to begin again by this September. This was confirmed by Simon Pegg to Variety, stating that the filming will resume with outdoor shoots first.
Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the spy franchise, added, "People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they're safe to do that. I don't know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they'll be able to be tested regularly."
"Mission: Impossible 7" first assistant director Tommy Gormley also earlier stated, "We hope to restart in September. We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio."
Gormley said on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme that he was "convinced" the production could meet its target of filming from fall through to next spring, either April or May.
If things pan out, "Mission: Impossible 7" won't have to be moved again to a later date and Tom Cruise will be seen leading the movie when it opens in North American cinemas on 19 November 2021.